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Viper v General Conway

12th September 1781
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Capture of HMS Iris and HMS Richmond 11.9.1781
Next action : 2nd Battle of Ushant 12.12.1781


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
General Conway 1781-1781
British Privateer

United States of America

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Viper (14) 1780-1781
American 14 Gun
Privateer Brig
John HansonAmerican
Naval Sailor
Captured 5 wounded

Notes on Action

On 12 September 17814 the Viper met the British Privateer vessel General Conway, out of Jersey in the Channel Isles. A two hour action followed before [captain John] Hanson surrendered with five men wounded. The British reported that she was armed with ten 4-pounders. The three schooners in company had made off during the fight and got away. Viper was taken in to Jersey, where her cargo was valued at £6000. Viper was tried in the High Court of Admiralty and condemned.


W027American War of Independence at SeaKen Kellow, Web Site

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